O’Dowd Summer Academy for students entering 6th-8th grade offers an enriched, fun and engaging summer experience on the O’Dowd campus. A new program format addresses whole-child development and encourages self-exploration. The daily schedule of academic, physical and social-emotional development activities includes “Community Time,” a safe space in which students work in small groups around topics that foster inclusivity and well-being. Guided by trained adults and teen camp counselors, students dialogue about topics such as social media, inclusion, and mindfulness with the goals of staying healthy, maintaining positive social practices and respectfully engaging in the world around them. This program includes hands on learning, interactive activities, and group work across a variety of academic subject areas; enrichment courses (arts, programming, business design, gardening); and athletics (girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball, track and field, and strength and conditioning).
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Academic Course
9:40 – 10:40 a.m.: Community Time
10:50 – 11:50 a.m.: Academic Course
11:55 a.m.- 12:25 p.m.: Lunch Time
12:30 – 1:50 p.m.: Enrichment/Athletic Courses
2:00 – 3:20 p.m.: Enrichment/Athletic Courses
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Dismissal OR Additional course option